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IJPSR (2011), Vol. 2, Issue 1 (Research Article)
Received on 28 August, 2010; received in revised form 27 December, 2010; accepted 29 December, 2010
ANTI-ULCEROGENIC EFFECTS OF ARECA CATECHU L. IN SPRAGUE DAWLEY RATS
Reena R. N. Anthikat* and A. Michael
PSG College of arts andscience, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-ulcerogenic activity of aqueous extract of Areca catechu L in ethanol induced ulcer model in Sprague Dawley Rats. For possible mechanism of anti-ulcerogenic potential, determination of ulcer index was done using the Merazzi-Uberti and Turba method. Also, analytical method was used to test the 10% homogenate preparation of mucosa of the glandular stomach for protein content and glutathione level. The Sprague Dawley Rats were divided into five groups. Group I was the Normal Untreated group. Group II was the alcohol treated group. Group III was the alcohol treated group and protected group using Areca nut extract 1 g/kg.bwt. Group IV was the alcohol treated group and protected using Areca nut extract 2g/kg.bwt. Group V was the alcohol treated group and protected using the positive control Ranitidine 50 mg/kg.bwt .The paper details the rationale of using Areca nut extract to protect the animals from ulcer formation. In conclusion, aqueous extract of areca nut showed potential anti-ulcerogenic effect compared to Ranitidine, which is the standard gastric anti-secretory drug.
Areca catechu L
Sprague Dawley Rats
Correspondence to Author:
Reena R. N. Anthikat
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INTRODUCTION: Areca nuts are the seeds of
Areca catechu L, a feather palm 15-17m high which is cultivated in Sri Lanka, the Malay states, South China, East of India, Philippines islands and parts of East Africa, including Zanzibar and Tanzania 1. Areca nuts find its chief use as a masticator. Chewing the nuts is a popular habit enjoyed by nearly one tenth of the human population 2.
Arecanut extracts reduce the intracellular reactive oxygen species and release of myeloperoxidase by human polymorphonuclear leukocytes 3. While oral cancer had been a major health problem in the past 4, changes in habit patterns with betel chewing during the last decades have prompted a change in frequency of oral cancer in some countries 5. This study suggested that Areca catechu may have considerable therapeutic potential in the treatment of gastric diseases. The present study also provides biochemical evidence for the antiulcerogenic property of Areca catechu extract Drug Preparation:
Raw Areca nut extract Preparation: 20 g of Areca nutwas suspended in 60 ml water. It was blend in a rotor mixer. The blend volume was dispensed in centrifuge tubes and centrifuged at 15,000 r.p.m. for 30 min. The centrifuged volume was made up to 80 ml. One ml of this had strength of 1g/kg b. wt. Two ml had strength of 2 g/kg b. wt, to get the final volume as 1g/kg/ml body weight.
Induction of Ulcers and their Scoring (Ulcer Index): Adult male wistar Rats weighing 120 g were used for the experiment. They were grouped into four groups of five animals each. All the animals were fasted for 18 hrs and deprived of water for 12 hrs, prior to the experiments. Gastric ulceration was induced by intragastric administration of absolute alcohol 6. Briefly, absolute ethanol (5 ml/kg) was administered intra gastrically to group II. Group III and IV were pretreated orally with freshly prepared Areca nut extract 30 min before with two different doses,
1g/kg.bwt and 2 g/kg.bwt respectively. A standard gastric antisecretory drug ranitidine (50mg/kg, Torrent Pharma ceuticals, Indrad, India) was given to group V 30 min before as positive control. Whereas, group I, the non-treated group received the vehicle (normal saline) alone.
Animals were killed by ether overdose 1h after administration of ethanol and stomachs were excised, opened along the greater curvature and washed gently with ice cold saline. The stomach weight and intraluminal bleeding was recorded for each group. The stomach was pinned flat on a wax board and observed with a hand lens (5X). The extent of erosion of stomach mucosa was assessed from a scoring system designed by Merazzi-Uberti and Turba 7. The results were expressed in terms of an ulcer index, which is the average severity of erosions per rat for each group, on the scale of 0-5.
Biochemical studies on Gastric Mucosa: The mucosa of the glandular stomach was removed by scraping with a blunt knife and a 10% homogenate was prepared. Level of Glutathione in the gastric mucosa was determined by Ellman’s reaction using 5’ 5’-dithio-bis-2-nitrobenzoic acid (DTNB) as described by Moron et al., 1979. The protein content of the gastric mucosa was quantified by the method of 8 with bovine serum albumin as the standard.
Histopathology: A portion of the stomach from each group was fixed in 10% Formalin. The Formalin fixed specimens were embedded in paraffin and sectioned (3-5 µ). Sections from each group were stained with haematoxylin and eosin and evaluated by light microscopy.
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stomach, lesions were found in the mucosa and consisted of elongated bands, 1-10 mm long, usually parallel to the long axis of the stomach. They were located mostly in the corpus (the portion of the stomach secreting acid and pepsin).
No gross lesions developed in the fore-stomach (the non-secretory part of the fore-stomach). Administration of absolute ethanol to vehicle treated rats resulted in 44% mortality and an increased stomach weight. Additionally, they had perforated ulcers and severe intraluminal bleeding. However, the mortality rate and increase in stomach weight induced by ethanol was reduced significantly by Areca nut extract administration. All animals treated with absolute ethanol caused intraluminal bleeding in the glandular portion of the stomach, while all animals in the Arecanut treated group (1 g/kg.bwt and 2g/kg.bwt) were protected from intraluminal bleeding.
Ethanol administration to vehicle treated rats produced gastric damage with an ulcer index of 4.4 and reduction in gastric mucosa GSH. However, Arecanut extract pretreatment reduced the ulcer index to 3.8 and 2.4 respectively and also reduced the depletion of GSH. The pattern of results of Areca nut extract 1 g/kg.bwt and 2g/kg.bwt were comparable to that of positive control included in the study.
Animals subjected to ethanol treatment developed considerable ulcers. However, there was no mortality and none of the animals developed intraluminal bleeding. Ethanol administration resulted in depletion of mucosal GSH and the ulcer score was 4.4. Areca nut extract pretreatment significantly reduced the ulcer score and the depletion in mucosa GSH. Ranitidine (50 mg/kg) pretreatment also offered protection. Areca nut extracts pretreatment offered protection against mucosa injury. The morphology of the stomach resembled that of normal. Histological analysis of ethanol treated rat stomach revealed the presence of necrotic
debris in the lamina propria of the mucosa infiltered with polymorphonuclear leucocytes. The depth of the injury extended up to the muscularis mucosae with RBC extravasation. The submucosa of the corpus was markedly thickened by edema but devoid of polymorphonuclear leucocytes.
Histologically, the stomach of the Areca nut extract pretreated group showed superficial lesion in the mucosa and a moderate degree of submucosal oedema with neutrophilic infiltration in the submucosa. Ethanol administration to fasted rats resulted in superficial ulceration and mild erosion of gastric mucosa with necrotic patches. The Arecanut extract pretreated rat stomach resembles normal rat stomach with no submucosal edema and neutrophil infiltration. Alcohol treatment resulted in the mild erosion of gastric mucosa.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONS: Bio-statistical Analysis:
TABLE 1: BIO-STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
Group Protein Mean (SD) GSH Mean (SD)
Group 1 Normal 30.3 (13.6) 3.9 (1.8) Group 2 Ethanol alone 26.7 (14.8) 2.2 (1.3) Group 3 Ranitidine 22.0 (11.8) 3.7 (2.4) Group 4 Areca nut
1g/kg b. wt 201.5 (9.5) 1.5 (0.1) Group 5 Areca nut
2g/kg b. wt 77.4 (31.5) 3.4 (1.3) P value 0.001 0.137
There was a significant difference in protein between the groups (p=0.001). The difference that is observed is between groups 1 and 4 (P=0.008), between groups 1 and 5 (P=0.008), between groups 2 and 4 (P=0.008), between groups 2 and 5 (P=0.008), between groups 3 and 4 (P=0.008).
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injury. Arecanut extract demonstrated potent anti-ulcer activity, protecting rats from ulcerogenesis as manifested in ion and H significant reduction in the ulcer index as well as protection to the gastric H as oxygatalase, superoxide dismutase, glutathione-S-transferase and glutathione are present in oxygen handling cells which are the first line of cellular defense against injury, decomposing superoxide ion and H2O2; before they interact to form more reactive radicals 9.
Antioxidant enzymes such as Catalase, GSH, clearly confirm the antiulcer activity of Arecanut extract. Catalase is highly specific in its catalytic mode of action and it decreases the gastric mucosal damaging effect of aspirin 10. There have been investigations reported on
Carica papaya and its gastroprotective effect by a free radical scavenging action 11. It is known that ethanol reduces the concentration of non-protein sulphydryl group in gastric mucosa. The gastric mucosa contains a high concentration of reduced glutathione, and agents that markedly reduce it cause severe gastric ulceration. The present study indicted that ethanol-induced erosion of the gastric mucosa occurs in parallel with a substantial reduction in the number of sulphydryl groups. Oral administration of Arecanut extract provided gastric cytoprotection and also prevented the reduction of gastric GSH (Fig. 1-8).
FIG 1: EROSIONS PRESENT, HEALING TENDENCY OBSERVED, NECROSIS SEEN
FIG 2: SCAR TISSUE FORMATION, EROSIONS SEEN
FIG. 3: RANITIDINE 50 MG/KG.BWT OBSERVED
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FIG. 6: ALCOHOL TREATED STOMACH, EROSIONS SEEN
FIG. 7: DOSE: 1 G/KG.BWT
FIG. 8: DOSE: 2 G/KG.BWT
FIG. 1-8: PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING ANTI-ULCER ACTIVITY
OF ARECA CATECHU
(A) Areca catechu Extract Dose1 1g/kg.bwt (B) Areca catechu Extract Dose2 2g/kg.bwt
(C) Ranitidine 50 mg/kg.bwt (D) Normal control
Ethanol Induced Gastric Ulcers: Ethanol induced gastric injury is associated with the significant production of free radicals leading to increased lipid peroxidation which causes damage to cell and cell membranes. Hence the antioxidant activity of Areca catechu may be one of the important defensive factors involved in its ulceroprotective effect. Initial event in disruption of the vascular endothelium resulted in edema formation and epithelial lifting 12.
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TREATMENT GROUPS DOSE MORTALITY % INTRA LUMINAL
BLEEDING % ULCER INDEX (1) % ULCER FORMATION
Normal Distilled water 0 0 0/5 0 0 0 Ethanol alone 100% Alcohol 0 0 5/5 100 4.4 88
Ranitidine 50mg/kg.bwt 0 0 2/5 40 1.6 32
Aqueous extract 1g/ kg.bwt 0 0 5/5 100 3.8 64
Aqueous extract 2g/ kg.bwt 0 0 2/5 20 2.4 48
CONCLUSION: Ethanol and NSAIDs such as indomethacin injure gastrointestinal mucosa through oxygen- derived free radicals and scavenging of noxious free radicals may produce beneficial effects in preventing the initiation of tissue injury and subsequent ulceration. Arecanut extract has been shown to scavenge superoxide and hydroxyl radicals’ in vitro 13. Hydrolysable tannins purified from Arecanut extract induced a dose-related increase in oxidative free radical scavenging enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase and reduced lipid peroxidation in rat brain 14.
The tannins may bind to membrane proteins and protect the gastric mucosa from the damage caused by ulcer agents. In the present study, Arecanut extract produced significant anti-ulcer activity, which could be due to antioxidant activity and cytoprotection of gastric mucosa by tannins. Further investigations and clinical trials must be carried out to establish the anti-ulcerogenic effect of Areca catechu.
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